May 13, 2022
News from the Logan Elm Local School District
LEHS Students Attend Leadership Collaborative
Members of the Logan Elm High School PBIS team attended the Renaissance Student Leadership Collaborative presented by Josten's on April 8, 2022. This team included nine high school students and two district staff members.

The event took place at Watkins Memorial High School and included over 500 students and staff from twenty area high schools. The keynote speaker was Dr. Phil Campbell, former teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. He instituted the Renaissance Program at his school with the goal of improving the school climate and culture through improved attendance and graduation rates, and reduced disciplinary referrals.

The LEHS team worked with students and staff from many of the other schools in break-out sessions learning about ways they are implementing Renaissance ideas in their schools. Participation in the event allowed students to develop leadership skills and work on ideas to positively improve the school culture at LEHS.
Pictured are students who attended the Leadership Collaborative: Drew Tomlinson, Tanner Holbert, Keegan Diehl, Sawyer White, Lane Renier, Hannah Rhoads, McKinley Perkins, Addison Smith, and Quincy Lowery. They were accompanied by staff members Holly King and Jennifer Murphy.
Logan Elm Construction Tech Class Completes 20th pole barn project
Students in Gary Mitchel's Construction Technology class recently completed the program's 20th pole barn construction project. The Construction Technology class is a satellite program of the Pickaway Ross Career and Technology Center. During the school year, the class constructs a pole barn for local residents, who pay for all material and associated costs. The students are bused to the work site and spend about an hour each day working on the project. This year's project was a pole barn with a lean-to for Dave and Stephanie Tack of Zane Trail Road.

After completing the pole barn, a dedication ceremony was held with the owners, school administrators, and students' parents and grandparents present. During the ceremony, Mr. Mitchel and students gave a brief description of the construction process and the owners thanked the students. The students presented a plaque to the Tacks to be displayed in the pole barn.
School Climate Data
As we prepare for the next school year, our leadership teams reflect on data from the year. One important piece of that was asking our families, staff, and students in the fall about school climate. The responses were overall very positive, indicating that our community is supportive of our work and our staff and students do an excellent job. We do take note though of areas in which we need to improve for the well-being of our students and their families.

Areas of strength with families included teachers having high standards, working hard to make sure students do well, and promoting academic success for all as well as schools setting clear rules for behavior, being consistent and fair, treating students with respect, and communicating well with parents. Students responded positively to how they feel about school, how students treat each other, if they feel safe, and staff expectations. Staff overwhelmingly reported positively about staff connections, structures for learning, school safety, and questions related to how students treat each other and get along with each other

Room for improvement was identified from families and staff in family engagement. While families indicate they feel comfortable talking with their children's teachers and welcome at the school, just over half of the respondents reported attending conferences or volunteering with special projects. This was reflected in the staff responses as well. Opportunities for families to be involved at school have been more limited the past two years. A focus as we transition into our new Pk-12 building in 2023 is to make sure that the community and our families are actively engaged with our schools. For students, the area that offers the most opportunity for improvement is how students treat each other. Almost a third of the students replied that they only treat each other well sometimes. Even though the majority of responses were more positive and teachers report that students treat each other well, we will continue to work to improve on this for all of our students.
Laurelville Student Council News
Laurelville Elementary School's fourth grade Student Council members visited the K-3 classrooms on April 22nd to present Earth Day programs.

The students in kindergarten and first grade made head bands to reinforce the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.

In the second and third grade classes, students enjoyed a read aloud of "One Plastic Bag" by Miranda Paul. Following the read aloud, students made braided bracelets from used plastic grocery bags.
McDowell Artist Receive Honors
Congratulations to the following McDowell students who placed in the Pickaway County Soil and Water Conservation District poster contest. McDowell students swept the grades 7 – 9 categories! This year’s theme was “Healthy Soil Healthy Life”.

  • 1st place: Caden MacDonald 
  • 2nd place: Vera Henderly  
  • Honorable Mention: Zallana Clark, Gracie Reft, Sawyer Parish, Peyton Richendollar, and Kylynne White  
First Row: Zallana Clark, Peyton Richendollar, Vera Henderly
Second row:  Sawyer Parish, Gracie Reft, Kylynne White, and Caden MacDonald.
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Pictured: The Mike Spangler and Renee Cavender Memorial Awards were recently presented to the Class of 2022's outstanding athletes at the May 6th Senior Awards ceremony. Jude Braun received the Spangler Award and Annie Karshner received the Cavender award.

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9579 Tarlton Road, Circleville OH 43113